All this talk of food has got me thinking about Thanksgiving. We've decided to host it this year and invite friends, when usually we just celebrate it together. In deciding to do this and figuring we'll have anywhere from 10-15 people come, there are two big challenges we'll be facing : the turkey, and real pumpkin pie.
From everything i've understood (and feel free to correct me if i'm wrong because it'll save a lot of time and effort), if you want a turkey before Christmas time, you gotta special order him. Yes, this means that some poor gobbler will be chosen out of the herd and slaughtered a month before his time in order to put a bird on my table (not to mention that I won't even be eating it). Do I really want to have that on my conscience? No. So, i'm sending Jeremie. He's French; he won't feel shame in having an animal killed for his dining pleasure.
Next, real pumpkin. It's been a lot of fun this fall season attacking recipes that call for pumpkin by using a fresh pumpkin. I discovered that you can easily break your peeler trying to get the tough skin off, and that it needs to be cooked a lot longer to get a similar consistency to mashed potatoes(that's the closest thing i can think of to describe it.. or maybe more like sweet potatoes). I think that if I had a better handheld mixer we'd be in business, so I might need to invest in one of them beforehand. I haven't tried to make a pie without canned pumpkin yet -- i've received mixed reviews and a handful of advice, including to make sure I drain it really well. If anybody out there in blogland has already tried this and has some suggestions, please share!
What are your plans for spending Thanksgiving abroad? How do you introduce this very American tradition to your foreign friends and family?